printer drawer

Struggling today with work

Back in December one of the clerks retired and we hired a new employee. I’m in charge of training her and it’s been going really great!

In the past our office environment has been pretty negative. I’ve been guilty of this behavior as well. But since our new hire I’ve made it my goal not to get sucked into the office drama and negativity.
I’ve actively complemented and encouraged others where before I was lackadaisical.

Today I am struggling. I don’t want to fall back into bad habits but damn this one co-worker sure is trying my patience. I’ve talked about her before, she is the office know-it-all and has to always be right and always have the last word and holy fuck she is bugging the shit out of me.

Our printer has two drawers that feed paper. One of these drawers isn’t feeding the paper and it’s causing it to jam up every four pages. She insists it’s the type of paper and not the feeder. Here is the thing, that same paper feeds through the other paper drawer just fine so common sense tells me it’s not the paper, it’s the drawer….

She won’t call the maintenance people, which is her job. I’ve offered to do it for her if she is too busy. Nope nope nope. She won’t do it because it’s the paper! Not the feeder!

I use this printer multiple times during the day and every time I print something I have to go to the printer and tell it to load each paper from the 2nd drawer. It’s a huge waste of time.

Just call the gotdamn maint. people FFS!

DIY Printer Drawer Jewelry Display

I was browsing through the Etsy shop one day and came across a bunch of jewelry displays that were repurposed from old printer drawers. I immediately wanted one but they were so expensive. On Etsy they go from $50-$200 depending on how much work has already been done.

While Scott and I were at the Farmer’s Market back in August, we actually found a couple of old printer drawers and he bought one for me at only $20. He knew that I had been wanting one for awhile to organize my jewelry.

The only thing I had to do was clean it and put in all the hooks myself. Which is easier said then done.

This is what the printer drawer looked like when I got it. It was dusty and dirty so I spent a good amount of time cleaning every nook and cranny of it.

My next step was getting the hooks to put in all of those tiny compartments.

I was able to find all of these hooks at Michaels and they were pretty cheap.

My printer drawer and hooks sat on the back burner for a a few months because I didn’t have the right tools to actually get them onto the drawer. 

However, since Scott’s aunt has been having me over every weekend for Crafty Saturdays, I thought I would bring my printer drawer with me to see if she had anything to help me finish it. She has her own craft room so she definitely has EVERYTHING.

Luckily, we figured out a very tedious technique to get all those hooks in each compartment. 

I had to start by hammering in a small nail to get a hole started in the wood. Then I used needle nose pliers to get the hook into the hole. I would screw it in with my fingers as much as I could but to get it really tight in there, I went back to using the needle nose pliers. 

It took me almost 5 hours just to get all of those tiny eye hooks into those tiny compartments. I did leave a few compartments without for rings and other accessories that can’t hang.

The larger hooks on the bottom were a lot easier to do. I just had to use a power drill with a small drill bit to get all of the holes started and then screwing in the larger hooks was easy. I also tightened them using the needle nose pliers again.

To finish it off, I hammered in two small mounts on the back so that I could hang it on the wall and then…. Ta-da!!

I couldn’t wait to get all of my jewelry organized in there! I was so excited and I absolutely love how it turned out. I placed it right above my desk so I can look at it all the time.

I’ve been thinking about making another one to sell but I’m not sure if I want to spend anymore time attaching all of those hooks. That was hard work! My hands were so tired and cramped too when I was done. I totally get now why people charge so much for them on Etsy. It involves a lot of labor.

the signs as miscellaneous objects in my bedroom
  • Aries: Chest of drawers
  • Taurus: Printer ink
  • Gemini: Plastic bag
  • Cancer: Laptop
  • Leo: Star Wars poster
  • Virgo: Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident
  • Libra: Cup
  • Scorpio: Left shoe
  • Sagittarius: Fairy lights
  • Capricorn: Right shoe
  • Aquarius: Ticket to see Shrek the Musical
  • Pisces: AA Battery

DIY: Repurposed Printer Drawer Jewelry Holder Tutorial

I’m a bit OCD when it comes to organization. Whether it’s my kitchen, bedroom, or classroom, I’m constantly looking for ways to stay organized. And during a recent attempt to organize my jewelry box, I discovered I had tons of jewelry I never wear. Not because I don’t like it, but because I forgot I owned it! With everything crammed in one box, it was out of sight, out of mind. I looked for weeks to find a creative way to organize my jewelry before coming up with this idea (inspired by a variety of vendors on Etsy. There are literally dozens of these for sale online if you want one but aren’t feeling crafty). Here’s how I made mine:


  • antique printer drawer
  • wood stain (and gloves…and spare clothes…and an open window! So many lessons learned during this project!!)
  • paintbrush
  • sandpaper
  • hardware: eye screws, hooks, and picture hanging brackets
  • pliers
  • Total cost: around $75

First, I searched for an antique printer drawer. These drawers were originally used to store letters for old printing presses. Each drawer is unique in design, which is great because you can find ones with small compartments for earrings, or large compartments if you’re more of a necklace sort-of-girl. I personally love the look of the drawer, especially the original handle which I left attached (visible in the pictures at the top-middle of the display). I settled a 1940’s Hamilton printer drawer from Ebay, after searching antique shops in my area with no luck. The drawer cost me around $50, including shipping!

Next, I went to Home Depot for stain, sandpaper, and the hardware (total cost- $20). I decided on a natural dark brown colored wood stain and a variety of silver eye screws and hooks. After returning home, I wiped down the drawer to remove any grit or dirt, then sanded the drawer by hand using fine grain sandpaper, and applied 2 coats of stain. I let this dry overnight before using pliers to screw the hardware in each compartment, and the picture hanging brackets to the back of the drawer.I also drilled small holes for the larger hooks that I used along the bottom edge and sides of the drawer. I have quite a few necklaces I wanted to hang, so I decided to put 2 hooks on each side of the drawer, and 5 hooks across the bottom edge. I also use the top of the display for sunglasses.

I love the history behind the drawer itself, but you can also get a similar result by using a wooden utensil divider, or any type of wooden shadow box. In total, this project took several hours, and about $75, but I absolutely love the look of it!! It’s a creative way to organize my jewelry AND a fun piece of art on my wall!!